The experience of nerve pain is described with a variety of terms: burning, hot poker, itching, tingling, lightening, shooting, electrical, and so on. In medical terms, words like hyperalgesia and allodynia are used. Hyperalgesia means that an area is overly sensitive to painful (noxious) stimuli like a pinprick. Allodynia means that an area is overly sensitive to normally non-painful (non-noxious) stimuli like light touch. Both of these phenomena are hallmarks for nerve pain.
Many common ailments cause nerve pain. The most recognizable cause of nerve pain is diabetic peripheral neuropathy. The nerve damage caused by abnormal blood sugar levels cause the nerve to dieback in a "stocking and glove" distribution. First, the area of the foot and ankle region (stocking area) is usually affected with numbness and tingling. As the neuropathy progresses, burning pain will begin as well. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is a classic example of nerve pain that is generated in the peripher...
Generic Name: PREGABALIN - ORAL Pronounced: (pree-GAH-ba-lin) Lyrica Oral Uses
This medication is used to treat pain caused by nerve
damage due to diabetes or to shingles (herpes zoster) infection. It is also
used to treat pain in people with fibromyalgia.
It is also used with other medications to treat certain
types of seizures (partial onset seizures).
How To Use Lyrica Oral
Read the Medication Guide and, if available, the Patient
Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using
pregabalin and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions regarding
the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor,
usually 2 to 3 times a day with or without food. Dosage is based on your
medical condition, kidney function, and response to treatment.
To reduce your risk of side effects (such as dizziness and
drowsiness), your doctor may direct you to star...
A new study, presented at the 29th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pain Society in Baltimore earlier this month, gave doctors one more treatment option to consider for fibromyalgia patients . The study found that FM patients who did not have particularly good results from taking Lyrica alone experienced significantly reduced pain and greater overall improvement when taking Savella in addition to the Lyrica. Since Lyrica is effective for only about one third of FM patients, and since Lyrica and Savella have different mechanisms of action, the researchers wanted to see what happened when they were combined. Study Methods and Results In this study 173 patients were given just Lyrica and 179 were given Lyrica plus Savella for 11 weeks. The dosages used were 150 or 225 mg of Lyrica twice a day and 50 mg of Savella twice a day. By week 11, the pain scores of the Lyrica group dropped four points as measured by the Visual Analog Scale, while the pain scores of t...
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